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sorry -- rom flee and gingrich. >> we'll see, romney and gingrich. >> few weeks away from the voting. getting close. preseason is almost over. after spending more than 30 years on capitol hill, barney frank says he smpts time for himself. the long-time liberal from massachusetts has announced he is retiring at the end of his term next year. and congress will be a much less colorful place once frank is gone. he is perhaps best known for his less-than-neat attire, not to mention a very sharp tongue. >> you are going to laugh, but one of the advantages to me of not running for office is -- i don't even have to pretend to be nice to people i don't like. now some you've may not think i have been good at it. but i have been trying. and the notion of being a lobbyist and having to go and try to be nice to people i don't like would be ridiculous. >> got to like the honesty. frank is the 17th democrat actually to announce he will not seek re-election next year. democrats face an uphill battle
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to gain the 25 seats they need to win a majority. of course, we should not let it go without -- without being said that he was one of the first openly gay congressmen in the history of the country. pivotal figure in that sense. >> pivotal figure. and also, apparently decided not to campaign again, his district's boundaries had changed he wasn't sure he could win. >> after that long in the house you really don't want to go out on a losing streak. i understand that move there. let's take a look at your weather from across the country on this tuesday morning. a rare storm dumped several inches of snow from memphis to birmingham. not used to seeing that stuff down there. also, a wintry mix in hot-lanta. anything but hot. showers, raleigh, boston. nashville, rainy, chicago to portland. >> 50 in boise. 53 in colorado springs. 77, phoenix. 37, twin cities. 40 in omaha. upper 50s in dallas.
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new orleans, 67. here in new york, 77 in miami. >> all right, now hear this. we have another attempt at a completely obscure world record to report. this one out of mexico. >> right in the heart of mexico city yesterday. over 1,600 hairdressers, stylists, barbers got together. they were trying to set a new record for the most number of people simultaneously cutting hair. >> mm, now they're waiting to hear back from the good folks at guinness. the previous record was just over 1,100 participants at a japanese event last year. fascinating. >> fascinating. >> hope they got good haircuts. >> would hope. hope they get a we know a place where tossing and turning
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>> well the holiday shopping season is off to a very strong start this year. half of all american adults shopped online for cyber monday sales, and you spent a record $1.2 billion. >> wow. so does that start, does that signal a start for a comeback for american jobs? perhaps, abc's david muir reports. >> reporter: cyber monday once a made-up event is the real deal. sales figures skyrocketing, shoppers on line break ing records since thanksgiving. $860 million spent on line up 26% over last year. >> i love cyber monday because you get great deals. >> reporter: their hunt for bargains. from peggy taylor in texas to leah harding in gainesville, florida, buying for a family back home. on the hunt for a digital camera, sony cybershot. searched three retailers prices
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from $99 to $124. she chose wal-mart and the $99 price and one very big difference too. >> if you buy this item you get $45 of store credit. >> reporter: it was a deal. >> hope that their doesn't ruin the surprise for my sister. but i think i am going to go ahead and get one, from wal-mart for her christmas. >> reporter: our producer on the story, diane menendez, taking a break, looking for a deal, glasses on reading fine print, buying two kindle fires from amazon.com. >>plies place my heard. >> reporter: we want to know what happens after she clicks. we went to phoenix, arizona, to find out. one of amazon.com's 45 warehouses. holding portable scanners. as soon as you hit send an item pops up. pull out off the shelf, put it in the bin down the belt, pack it and label it. >> from the time that the producer hits click and buy, it is a mere hours before it is on the truck and sent to the doorstep. not only is her kindle on the move, so is wall street.
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why is it important final few weeks of the year for retailers across the country? >> retailers they don't become profitable until now. they operate in the red at a loss until the last few weeks of the year. >> reporter: amazon.com predicts they'll blast through 14 million items ordered in one day alone. those predictions, could they be the beginning of the comeback the economy needs? can the spark be sustained? >> that's the big question. it is all going to come down to the consumer and whether or not the consumer feels confident enough to go out and keep spending money. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. coming up, the christmas tree that stays decorated year round. >> love this story. all thanks to an innovative homeowner. a great idea. stay with us. h us. @q ú
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well, for some putting up the christmas tree every year is a joy. for others it is an ordeal. if you feel look you are more in -- if you feel like you are more in the second camp, this is your story. >> that's right. a family in indianapolis doesn't have to put their tree up because they never take it down. they just hide it behind a especially built wall. jenna koi opens their christmas closet. >> love it. >> i do, too. >> reporter: decorating your home for christmas can turn a festive time into a, well, not-so-festive time. >> i add to it. >> reporter: noblesville's kelly rancor was fed up with having to decorate her family's 12 foot artificial tree all by herself year after year. >> for some reasons the kids and husband were nowhere to be found. >> reporter: when they were building their house she had a request, a christmas tree closet. it was ben estridge who took on the task. >> at first i went, that's weird.
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then they thought about it. they thought that is a really cool idea. >> this is where the closet is. you don't see a knob anywhere. you just put your fingers behind the moulding, and the 15 1/2-foot door opens. so large it was reinforced with iron. >> i wanted it to blend in. so the, other months of the year. >> reporter: during the 11 months, the tree stands in its closet fully decorated. when the holiday season arrived. >> open the door. roll it out. put it in the corner. plug it in. >> reporter: and kelly is ready for christmas, no boxes of ornaments. no ladders, no yelling. just a stress-free christmas. >> brilliant. >> i love that story. although i prefer a natural tree. i just, i think that is brilliant. >> a wonderful idea. what i'm talking about. >> see, there is my natural tree. >> she grew it from a twig. she took care of it. watered it every day, loved it. talked to it, grew it, cut it. >> i have a contraption under my tree, a box looks like a
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trust the brush more dentists and hygienists use. oral-b. life opens up when you do. draping my new orleans saints tie around me. not to upset the giants fans out there, but it was pretty ugly last night just saying. the story out of kansas, freedom of speech versus politics issue. a young girl, high school girl who tweeted something that the governor of kansas, what is his name, sam brownback, she pretty much said in the tweet he sucked. the communications director, the principal called in her, look we got a call from the governor's office. you better apologize for what you have just said. >> which is ridiculous. >> the story made national news as it is this morning.
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now she doesn't have to apologize to the governor. the governor apologized, said my office overreacted to this, and we don't want to infringe upon your freedom of speech. >> clearly. >> and this little girl won. actually by making a big deal she went from a few dozen twitter followers, to a few thousand. >> 60 twitter followers that read the "you suck" tweet, and now look. >> now, out there in prairie village, keep on saying what you think. >> what you think. well, i love this next story, out of "the new york post." about a to do list, bucket list, it's an art wall. it lets new yorkers share their life goals before dying. and it starts, you see "before i die." apparently new yorkers have really taken to this. they put down their thoughts, supplied white chalk. suggesting everything from the philosophical, going to live like i'm dying, to some other things like i want to become a wnba player.
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it's really motivational. the wall has filled up in the past two months. it's been wiped clean for new rounds of dreamers to etch their life's desires. love it. >> inspiration. cool. >> love it. bucket list. you have a cool car to talk about. >> yes. toyota unveiled a smartphone car. sort of inspirational right now. concept car. works look a personal computer device, recognizing and greeting its driver, allows them to connect on the move, tap of the interfacing. sort of jetson's, science fiction movie. allows drivers to change the color and design of the bo through the display. >> technology,man. technology comes with a downside as well. a new study out here that says all of you dudes out there who use wi-fi like me, apparently it has an impact on your sperm, your boys may not swim the way supposed to because it says,
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this morningn "world this morning on "world news now" -- candidate in crisis. republican herman cain is on the defensive yet again after an atlanta woman reveals what she calls a 13-year love affair. >> cain is a married man and flat out denies the woman's claim. what will the scandal mean to his presidential campaign? it's tuesday, november 29th. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. i typically don't wear a tie on the show. i don't know how this got to the desk. i don't know how. after the trashing by the giants, of the giants last night. just going to move that to the side.
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wanted to show a little love this morning. >> i'm sunny hostin. >> thank you. the woman who claims cain had a secret affair with him went public last night on television stations. her name is ginger white. before her announcement was put on the air, cain was in damage control mode. >> some of the details coming out now suggest there was some kind of relationship here. she brought all the mobile phone records out, text messages, very late night phone calls, you know, for long period of time. not looking good for herman cain. >> not at all. also in this half-hour, a south florida driver's childrening calls for help caught on tape. her car plunged into a canal. it was sinking. witnesses were helpless. see who came to the rescue. and later on, following your dream. a young man decided to give up his job and grad school to follow his dream of becoming a pro golfer though he had never picked up a club. sound crazy?
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well, we'll show you where he is now. >> crazy. we'll get to that in a minute. first, herman cain on the defensive yet again over sexual allegations. this time, a georgia business woman says she had a year's long affair with the candidate. >> 13 years long. while cain flatly denies anything sexual happened, his attorney says what did happen is none of the public's business. well to sort it out, here is abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: her name is ginger white, described as an atlanta businesswoman. she told her story to waga-tv which says there are documents to back up her allegations. >> it was pretty simple. it wasn't complicated. and i was aware that he was married. and i was also aware that i was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship. >> reporter: appearing on cnn even before the atlanta tv broadcast, cain said he knew the woman for the last 13 years but there was no affair.
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>> i acknowledged that i have known her for that period of time but the accusation that i had a 13-year affair with her -- no. >> there was no sex? >> no. >> none? >> no. >> reporter: cain said he told his wife and family the allegations of the affair were coming. >> the thing i am worried about the impact on my wife and family they should not be subjected to false accusations that cannot be proved. >> reporter: the accusations against the presidential candidate comes as the furor was dying down over allegations that he harassed two women as head of the national restaurant association. one said he groped her and asked for sex when she want to him for help with a job. another received a $46,000 settlement after alleging cain proposition ford her for sex at restaurant association office. cain's lawyer did not specifically deny the allegations, instead calling them private and alleged consensual conduct between adults and not a proper
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subject of inquiry by the media and public. as a candidates and ordained baptist minister, cain has spoken forcefully on the need for morality on the part of those in public life. >> now if somebody breaks that guiding principle, then they are going to have to suffer the consequences. it's just that simple. >> i couldn't imagine anyone coming out and lying about this. you know, who would want this? it's really, not been fun. >> reporter: ms. white the third woman to come forward publicly and fifth overall to make allegations about cain involving sexual harassment and extramarital misconduct. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> where do you start with this? >> i don't know where you start. you are talking about someone running for the presidency. someone who is married, whose wife came out and supported him big time during a television interview. >> the lawyer's statement did not include a denial. basically it's none of your business what he may or may not
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have done. >> inconsistent with what cain said. no consistnc different mrm to 1 -c i just don't know what to make of it. the fact that he sort of has this position on marriage, the facts that he is an jordan deigned baptist minister, that, i think, is what is trouble being it. notwithstanding the allegations. point ed >> she has records. pointed to mobile phone records that show cain calling her as late as september, one as early as 4:30 in the morning. several dozen texts every months. there is something here. we'll see how it plays out. he slipped in the poll since the first battle. see if this will be the death nell. >> i don't know he can recover. >> a rough one. the political scramble is on in massachusetts. now congressman barney frank announced he is retiring next year. frank says he looks forward to having more time for himself, after serving on capitol hill for three decades. made quite a mark. high profile liberal. frank hoped to write a bill regulating wall street among other key laws. you might remember wisconsin governor scott walker. he was in the middle of a battle with public workers, labor unions this past spring. organizers of an effort to
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recall walker are making serious progress. they need half million signatures on the petition. they're more than halfway to that goal. walker put tv ads on the counter to recall the drive. if there is a recall vote, it would ultimately take place next year. sentencing day for conrad murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of michael jackson. facing up to four years in prison. prosecutors want him to pay more than $100 million for jackson's lost wages and funeral expenses. the defense is asking for probation. not clear if jackson's children or other family members will speak in court today. maybe a story like this was almost inevitable given all the chaos we heard about this black friday. after her early morning shift friday at a target, a woman fell asleep behind the wheel, driving her car into a canal. what came next was a dramatic call to 911. >> reporter: the tire tracks into the deep, murky canal can only hint at the terror that tiffany joyce felt when she drove her car into the canal on the way home.
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within minutes the car was sinking, and a panicked tiffany called 911. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> i'm in the water. i'm floating in the water -- >> reporter: tiffany was so frightened she couldn't stay where she was. she did know time was running out. >> are you in the car? >> i'm still in the car. >> okay, is there any way you can get out? >> no, i'm floating in the middle of the water, i don't know how deep it is. >> just went into the canal off buck city road. she said the car was sinking. she couldn't swim. >> reporter: meantime, other drivers were also calling 911 to describe the emergency they were helpless to stop. >> is it floating or is it going down? >> no, it's going down. the head, motor part is going down.
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>> reporter: 911 operators had deputies on the way. the water was rising quickly, up to tiffany's waist. you can hear her panicked screams. [ screams ] right right around then, deputy frank mayo arrived. >> i could see the car, holding on to the back end. she had gotten herself out of the car, couldn't swim a lick. then i took my gun belt off, dropped it on the ground. ran over to the canal. >> reporter: tiffany panicked, got on top of deputy and both went under. >> i came back to the surface she didn't. i went back down. snatched her back to the surface. >> reporter: other deputies tossed in a line and pulled both to safety, ending the longest emergency in tiffany's life. >> lucky lady. the whole ordeal before she was rescued lasted six minutes. when you are fearing for your life. life, that's a long amount of time. >> long time in the water for someone that doesn't know how to swim. >> the remarkable thing is that that is sort of one of the things that
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happens on black friday. you have people working all night they're exhausted. >> they're tired the understandable too. many drivers in south florida, a lot of canals in that part of the country. a lot of the folks carry special tools in their car to puncture the glass so they can get out of a submerged car. fairly common. >> unbelievable the scary she -- unbelievably scary she didn't know how to swim. >> take the lessons. swimming. driving. three things. shoppers hungry for bargains were finding them on line yesterday. early reports say cyber monday sales were up 18% over last year and since thanksgiving, 860 million dollars were spent on line. up 26% over last year. experts say the is all about the discounts. >> consumers are behaving differently this year in the way that they're using coupons and the way that they're looking at discounts. consumers were out looking for the deals. they weren't looking to just go shop. they were looking to shop and save money. >> the note of caution from experts about all the packages you ordered. thieves are now prowling neighborhoods looking for unattended boxes. if you can, have your things sent to a work address or trusted neighbor instead.
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>> good advice. good advice. well, all that holiday spending was just what the battered financial markets were waiting to hear about. the dow jumped 291 points yesterday. more than 2.5%. biggest gain in a month. the other major averages also climbed about 3%. traders across asia are getting in on the action already this morning. most of the major exchanges there gaining ground after reacting to american retail rebound monday. today's gains are connected to moves to end the ongoing debt crisis in europe. an 8-year-old boy from cleveland who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken away from his family. a judge ruled the third grader could be placed in foster care after state caseworkers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight. they say they enrolled the family in a nutrition program and worked with them to get the child's weight down but it only went up. >> we were involved with this family for 20 months. before that -- action occurred. the medical community brought this situation to our attention, in is a medical neglect case. >> the boy also has a potentially life-threatening
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form of sleep apnea, and his obesity is making it worse. the intention is to reunite the child eventually with his family. if you are up right now watching us, you are probably not a morning person. but now there is a scientific answer to why some people are early birds and some night owls. scientists in munich said it had to do with your genes. after studying 4,000 people from several countries they found that people who need less sleep tend to carry a particular strain, abcc 9. previous studies linked this gene to heart disease and diabetes. now researchers say it is connected to sleep habits as well. >> think you are a morning bird? >> i have been a night owl. much rather be up now. rather than people that get up at 5:00 a.m. >> i'm adaptable. >> you do it all. that's why we look you. here's your tuesday forecast.
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up to 20 degrees milder in the northeast with showers from new england to the carolinas. rain around detroit, chicago, indianapolis, louisville, nashville. up to four inches of snow from memphis to birmingham, wintry mix in atlanta. rain the pacific northwest. >> 46, seattle. 50, salt lake city. 62 in sacramento. 40s from omaha to detroit. new york warms up to 67 degrees. thank you. boston comes in at 63. just 44 in atlanta. 58 in new orleans. warmer here than in my beloved new orleans. crazy. i'm going to say, i'm a little filled with jealousy on the next story. three wealth managers live in the ritzy suburbs of new york city now have a lot more wealth to manage. >> they came forward yesterday to claim a $254 million powerball jackpot. they're taking their money in a lump sum payment. after taxes comes to $104 million. >> and their winning ticket the
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only one they bought for the november 2 drawing, and they let the lottery computers pick the numbers. they're promising significant amount of winnings will go to charity. they do say you should buy one ticket. >> proved it there. lucky guys. all jealous the do some good. >> do some good. they're already wealthy. >> we'll do good and pay our bills with these commercials. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. >> we'll do good and pay our bills with these commercials. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. ♪ ♪ having triplets is such a blessing. not financially. so we switched to the bargain detergent, but i found myself using three times more than you're supposed to and the clothes still weren't as clean as with tide. so we're back to tide. they're cuter in clean clothes. thanks, honey. yeah. you suck at folding. [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] just one cap of tide plus bleach gives you more cleaning power than six caps of the bargain brand. visit facebook.com/tide to learn about special offers.
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well the holidays aren't always joy and cheer. they can be stressful, and that can lead to overindulgence. >> of course it can. we know as you get through the family gatherings with close of friends, jim, jack, johnny, jose. there can be serious consequences to all that. abc's dr. tim johnson has a warning. >> reporter: holiday heart syndrome was first named when researchers found some people with no history of heart disease
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had abnormal heart rhythms after drinking too much. symptoms include a heartbeat that is irregular and/or abnormally fast. as a consequence, a sudden drop in blood pressure may cause lightheadedness or fainting. in some cases blood can pool inside the heart, possibly leading to heart failure or stroke. if you experience these symptoms, stop drinking alcohol and sit down. doctors say coughing and drinking cold water may sometimes reset the heart's rhythm. if the symptoms last more than five to ten minutes, or you have chest pain or shortness of breath, you need quick medical attention. experts add salty foods can help bring on holiday heart syndrome as can smoking and being overweight. many of us have dreamed of quitting our jobs to become a rock star or star athlete. @@q ú
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many of us have dreamed of quitting our jobs to become a rock star or star athlete. >> well, an organization man forgot his plans to become a pro golfer. >> reporter: dan mclaughlin is the envy of every man, spending his days hard at work on the golf course at least six hours a day. >> for me the challenge of this is so much more fulfilling than, than -- any job i have had in the past. >> reporter: his job has become a professional golfer and earn his living on the pga tour. a goal he has been working on for the last year and a half, after realizing he didn't want to go to grad school. >> i had the money saved. i basically had a window and an opportunity in my life to do anything that i wanted in a sense. so -- what i kind of wanted to do was to prove to people that you could do anything. >> reporter: he came across research that says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.
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dan quit his freelance photography job to play a sport he never played before. >> i started golfing for the first time in april, april 15th of 2010. the first time i picked up clubs. >> reporter: dan just started using his driver two weeks ago. >> you have been actually golfing for two years without your driver? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: how did you manage that? >> what we wanted to do was work on fundamentals and mechanics. i only worked on small swings. then bigger swings. >> reporter: he has been successful so far in his early career. i thought i would help get on my swing. >> just loosen up some. feel look you are kind of going really stiff at it. >> okay. >> that's better. it's -- it's coming back. >> reporter: help from the tree.
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♪ ♪ penguin suits, of course all guys love them. what about panda suits? >> the chinese government is going to extreme lengths to ensure the survival of their beloved pandas. how extreme? abc's david wright found out for himself. >> reporter: they're one of nature's most fragile species and for years, researchers at the panda research center in sezchwan china have worked hard to help them bounce back from being nearly extinct. >> they seem like teddy bears. >> yes, they are, very.
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>> reporter: recently, they adopted an unusual new uniform to help them in their work. have you seen the panda suit thing? >> yes, i have. >> reporter: what do you make of it? >> it is funny looking, hey, whatever works. right? >> reporter: they may be the only scientists in the world who dress up like teddy bears. this is how the researchers actually dress whenever they check on one of their cubs. even though no one but the panda bear is watching. this little guy is 4 months old today. so think of this odd little scene like a working birthday party. every month they measure him from snout to tail, take his weight and other measurements. understandably he's slightly freaked out by all the attention. >> the amazing thing is that it is very difficult to see outside of these panda suits. that must make the scientists' work a lot more difficult. researchers are dressed like this because they hope one day to release him into the wild.
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they don't want him to grow too attached to humans. >> reporter: i'm not sure the suit really fools anybody, but if it gives the young panda some comfort, so much the better and certainly makes the assignment a bit more colorful. david wright, abc news, china. >> the baby panda knew they were just men in panda suits. >> could be. >> they were cute though. they were cute. >> that's actually back home. in your house. you rolled around, pandas in the mist. like sigourney weaver. >> you know i love animals. love them. >> that's the news for this half-hour of the show. follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> catch our tweets and keep in touch online and on-air. we have more coming up from abc. wnnfans.com. >> catch our tweets and keep in touch online and on-air.abababab
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this morning on "world news no this morning on "world news now" -- judgment day. today michael jackson's doctor will find out how long he'll spend behind bars. >> prosecutors want conrad murray to be locked up for four years and also pay $100 million. but will it actually happen? it's tuesday, november 29th. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm rob nelson. in just a few hours michael jackson's doctor convicted of manslaughter goes back to court. prosecutors want the maximum sentence, but because of problems in the california prison system, there's now a big debate over where and how conrad murray will serve his sentence. what is your gut on this one?
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>> i don't think he will spend four years. i think he will get four years. california has the realignment bill. the jails are overcrowded. for no prior felonies, nonviolent offender. >> in and out. >> in and out. there we go. another big story this hour is the sex abuse -- abuse scandal involving syracuse university's assistant basketball coach, bernie fine. now fine's wife is claiming that recorded phone conversation that conversations that were made public were actually altered. and later this half-hour, a big topic on our facebook fan page involving the way men and women shop. well women tend to be touchy feely in the mall and take their time. men are decisive, find it, buy it and get out. what it means for retailers. >> we are hunters. if i want a coat, i'm going to get a coat. i'm leaving. go watch the game. >> pretty scarf with the coat. >> don't need no pretty scarf. but first, the sentencing of conrad murray. nearly 2 1/2 years after michael jackson's untimely death, his doctors bracing for a judge to decide his fate. >> murray is facing four years in prison but could be a free man again a lot sooner than expected.
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here is kabc's miriam hernandez. >> reporter: for the manslaughter death of michael jackson, no mercy for conrad murray as he was remanded into custody. >> dr. murray's reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public. >> reporter: strong words suggest that judge michael pastor could impose maximum four years when murray is sentenced. jackson's siblings may add their personal push. there is word from the court that photography of some witnesses may be barred which hints that one more of the jackson children could take the witness stand, too. yet emotional pleas may have little impact on dr. murray's fate. a new state process called realignment is in play to reduce the state prison population and send nonviolent offenders to county jail. conrad murray may never see state prison. the prosecutor says jackson's death was serious and violent and requests murray spend his sentence in state prison. the state corrections says
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murray will likely stay here in l.a. county jail. >> my intent because of the spirit of the law is to keep him in as long as possible. >> reporter: under sentencing guidelines, murray gets two years shaved off with four years. the minimum -- that will depend on how crowded the jail gets. what kind of crimes did they commit? who do you need to have in prison? who do you need to have in jail? >> reporter: the irony of realignment was to alleviate cruel and unusual punishment in state prisons because of overcrowding. now to transfer inmates to l.a. county, an old facility designed for short term, only makes matters worse here. abc news. >> ultimately it is up to the sheriff's office where he will spend his time and how long. and i can't imagine that he is going to spend four years in prison. but this judge was pretty hard-nosed in terms of remanding him back. >> he was cuffed. led out of there. so very interesting. his lawyers says probation works better. everyone will know who this guy is the rest of his life. >> he won't practice medicine. >> maybe that's enough. we'll see how the legal system works later today. in other news this morning, the ex-fiance of
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the florida mom missing now for nearly two weeks has officially been named the prime suspect in her disappearance. dale smith the last person to see michelle parker when she dropped off their 3-year-old twins at his condo. it was the same day "the people's court" aired an episode showing parker and smith in a dispute over an engagement ring. police say smith so far has refused to take a lie detector test. growing pressure this morning on the head basketball coach at syracuse university to step down. jim bayheim has been keeping a low profile ever since his long-time friend and assistant coach bernie fine was fired over sex abuse charges. wabc's correspondent reports from syracuse. >> reporter: the syracuse university campus is quiet this monday night. nothing like the reaction students had to the penn state scandal. but there is a definite hum on campus about the sex abuse accusations against assistant basketball coach bernie fine and what it means for his former boss, hall of fame head coach jim bayheim.
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>> i think it is a tragic situation. i hope it doesn't have repercussions. we love both of them here. so, i really hope that they were not guilty at all. >> reporter: the university fired fine after three men came forward and accused him of molesting them. zach tomicelli who is 23 says fine abused him when he was 13 in a pittsburgh hotel room. >> after watching the pornography, he asked me to pull my shorts down. >> reporter: he's facing his own charges of sex abuse in another case involved a 14-year-old boy. at the team's practice facility, plaques still hang honoring fine's contributions to the program over the last 36 years. now many wait to see how this will play out on and off the court. bernie fine denies the accusations against him. coach bayheim says he supports what the university has decided to do. at first he supported his
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long-time friend but now says he regrets any comments he may have made that may have been insensitive to victims of abuse. at the syracuse university campus, abc news, syracuse, new york. i'm not sure about having this coach step down. in the sense that it appears he didn't know. >> unlike joe paterno at penn state. >> he came out forcefully in support of fine then had to backtrack. >> the wife will issue a statement today making her case that all the recorded conversation that were big news yesterday were tampered with, altered, edited in a way to make her look bad. >> i have seen the transcripts. i don't know. >> we'll see. we'll see. well, former penn state assistant football coach jerry sandusky has hired a private investigator. sandusky's lawyer says the investigator is part of sandusky's own investigation into the claims of child sexual abuse against him. also, the charity sandusky founded is now telling its
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donors to give their money to another charity. the pennsylvania coalition against rape. another sign that sandusky's charity may be closing, no shocker there to say the least. and we're following another high-profile case involving sexual allegations. a georgia woman says she had a long-term affair with herman cain. >> while cain denies anything happened of a sexual nature, his attorney says the media and the public had no business snooping into the details of consensual conduct between two adults. abc's karen travers has the latest on this. hi, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. we have seen herman cain defend himself against charges of sexual harassment. but last night's defense was remarkable. we heard from the candidate before we heard from the woman. herman cain once again on the defensive. >> we will basically show when the details become available that i didn't do anything wrong. >> reporter: the former pizza mogul burst into the top of the republican field this fall. then came the flurry of sexual harassment charges. now he is accused of an extramarital
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affair. ginger white an atlanta business woman who told her story, she said she and cain have been involved in a 13-year relationship. >> reporter: are you sticking by your story that it was a sexual relationship? >> absolutely. i can only, can't imagine him actually confirming. it's the name of the game, i guess. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn, cain called the accusation baseless. he said he will stay in the race as long as his wife supports him. things are looking better for a surging newt gingrich, he scored a huge newspaper. his position on immigration that puts him at odds with the republican party. democrats still believe romney is the guy they'll need to beat. in a new ad, the dnc blasts him as a flip-flopper. >> mitt versus mitt, two mitts willing to say anything. >> reporter: until now, romney has been able to avoid engaging his opponents and instead focused on president obama. now that newt gingrich is taking
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him on directly, it may be time for romney to return the fire. rob, sunny? >> thanks a lot, karen. here's your tuesday forecast now, everybody. snow from tennessee to northern mississippi and alabama. a rainy day from nashville to detroit. mild with showers, in raleigh, d.c., philly, boston. heavy rain tonight in the pacific northwest. >> 50, billings, albuquerque. 77, phoenix. 37 in fargo. 43 in kansas city, and near 60 in dallas. 60, boston to baltimore. just 44 in atlanta. okay. well this time of year when you
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of course begin well this time of year you begin to think of santa, reindeer, sleigh, presents, all seems to come to mind. guns, probably not. >> not so much. didn't matter to the folks with the scottsdale, arizona, gun club who offered a chance to take a picture with santa and your favorite high-powered weapons -- >> seriously. oh, my lord. in addition to the picture they let you fire your gun of choice. and if you missed it the first time, santa is coming back to scottsdale a week from this coming saturday. >> so, you know, heart warming to see the children with the ak-47s and machine guns. >> didn't we see a gun tragedy in arizona, the little girl died, and the congresswoman almost died, and well done, arizona.
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i will wait for the angry e-mails. ridiculous, disgusting, embarrassing to the state and the holiday. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. >> ooh. ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ well it is not beginning to look like christmas down in texas. nope. while the rest of the country is putting up their trees, texans have been dealt a blow from mother nature. >> the summer drought in texas caused a christmas tree shortage. reporter from austin's kuav gives us the dry details. >> reporter: the texas sun and
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statewide drought are drying up the christmas tree supply. >> we watered and irrigated but we can only do so much of that and the babies have a lot of trouble getting through the summer. >> reporter: twila nash owns this christmas tree farm. >> some people like the traditional pine tree. >> reporter: her family is fighting mother nature to keep their source of income green. even with regular watering, the exceptional drought took the biggest toll on younger trees. they don't have a deep root system to withstand the heat. she said more mature pine trees and cypress trees are shorter than normal, but they did survive. >> our trees aren't as tall this year. they don't grow in height when it is not raining as much. but we still do have pretty trees in the field to cut. >> reporter: nash says the trees that lived through the drought will sell quickly. customers have already bought 1,000 trees since thanksgiving day. >> the experience and the trees and all of it together it is a great deal. >> reporter: customers say picking out the perfect tree is a tradition. to supplement a smaller supply, this year the farm is also
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selling frazier firs imported from north carolina. >> the drought definitely put a hurt on them which is sad. >> reporter: the lasting effect of the drought could be felt for years to come. without rain, some of the smaller trees with brown needles won't be able to survive. >> i have my tree up already. >> very proud. bragging throughout the entire piece. 12-foot tree, chopped it down, grew it from a twig. sunny does it all. >> the tree was up on friday. i had all my friends come over, and we had a tree-trimming party. >> you had your family friends do it for you. >> who doesn't know that? >> the fake trees growing up. trying to unstretch the branches. >> lot of people do that opt for the fake christmas trees. in texas that makes sense given the drought. >> buy the pine smell in a can. >> it's not the same. >> easy, breezy. coming up, the man who says he is the real baby daddy in that justin bieber paternity saga. >> from personal failure to tv success for kim kardashian, next in "the skinny." ny."
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success for kim kardashian, next in "the skinny." fdfdfdfdfdfdfdfd
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♪ skinny
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♪ so skinny poor justin bieber and his baby mama drama just continues and continues. >> just won't die. >> it continues. now her ex-boyfriend, bieber's ex-girlfriend, says she is positive he's the baby daddy. absolutely positive. >> not justin, the ex-boyfriend. >> now her lawyer is saying that robbie powell who is the ex says he is basically, you know, a hypocrite. that if he actually believes and claims he is the father he should have contacted the attorney directly. litigating the case in the media is perpetuating the three-ring circus. what is so interesting, the boyfriend is already entertaining multiple offers. >> to do what? >> to sell his story. >> what story? >> he's the baby daddy. he could be the baby daddy.
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ha-ha. >> hollywood is a strange, strange place. he has no story to tell. he got this no name woman pregnant. and she likely falsely accused bieber of being the daddy. >> that's the story. >> interesting world. also interesting times at the "playboy" mansion. yet again, some guy is suing the mansion because of discrimination. this guy went few a party in october, 1, benefit for jenny mccarthy-run charity. paid $1,000 to get into the leather meets lace party. which i just like saying. he saw all these scantily clad women get in for free. shock, isn't it? he says it violates california state law and needs to be repealed. he is citing a court case. upset because all of the risque women got in there. and the men had to cough up, about $1,000 each. >> i think this is so ridiculous. ridiculous that he would sue. >> it's "playboy," what does he expect? >> he doesn't have a legal right to go to the party and look at naked women. >> not naked. provocatively dressed. >> yeah, provocatively dressed. >> trying to get through school. >> boycott, what boycott?
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i was one of the boycott the kardashians, ridiculous. i was upset about the wedding fiasco. i am on my own because -- season two premiere of kourtney and kim, pulled in 3.2 million viewers up from the first season of three million. >> from last year's premiere. >> unbelievable. just watching this clip right here, i am engaged. i wanted to -- >> unlike kim. >> look a car wreck. >> people want to know, is it real? why did the marriage collapse? say what you want to say. there is enough interest to -- sustain all of this for the kardashians. what the network wanted and them, a bigger pay day. also for all of our vegetarian viewers, peta is having a new series of stamps, very famous celebrities. most famous vegans, paul mccartney, ellen degeneres, bob barker, steve o., all on stamps
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call this toll-free number now. ♪ ♪ ♪ that's my jam. >> what song is that though? >> i couldn't tell you to save my life what song that is. >> pet shop boys. >> that's right. thank you. now to our -- here you go, our favorite moment. to our "favorite story of the day." we all know when it comes to shopping men and women have very different ideas of how to do it and whether it is fun or not. men hunt. women, you kind of meander around looking for all kind of stuff. >> i love it. as the we enter the busy holiday shopping season, we will take a look at our shopping habits and what they mean.
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kenny lopez of wgno in new orleans has all the details. >> reporter: when men shop, they're on a mission. >> we get what we want to get. >> reporter: while women like taking their time, wanting into experience everything shopping. >> really, the reason we come, is hustle, bustle, all the excitement to be with the crowd and get the christmas spirit going. >> reporter: no secret that women love a great deal. >> you start early. look through all our coupons and everything. we get everything -- for better prices. >> reporter: who finds the better deals, men and women? >> women. guys don't look at prices. just buy it. women tend to look for pricing, sales. >> reporter: gavin says women don't ever seem to lose energy while shopping while he needs breaks. >> while men are out shopping with the women. i think we tend to sit around a lot. >> reporter: there are huge
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differences in what the two sexes choose to spend thei oug. >> looking for clothes. >> shopping, electronics. >> reporter: one thing both men and women seem to agree on when it comes to black friday >> they need to help us sometimes because we have too many packages. >> guys, for the women, here for financial support. >> yeah. >> i love that. got to tell you. i think this story is so true. so true. my husband and i went to home depot. he went in for gravel. i found so many great things the i found like an orchid plant, i found a welcome mat. i found -- a really good magazine. like home design magazine. they have good stuff at home depot. >> by the way, this is our facebook question of the day. what do you think of the ways men and women differ in shopping habits? chime in on facebook. @ ú
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